History Department to Host Honor Society Conference
On Saturday, April 25th the Department of History at Marist
College will host the Upper New York Regional Conference
of Phi Alpha Theta, the National History Honor Society. The
conference features presentations by undergraduate and
recently graduated history students on a variety of different
topics and time periods in history, and a prize is awarded
to the best student paper in each session. This will be the
second time that Marist will host the conference of this
prestigious national society.
The conference this year features a total of 25 presentations
organized into 8 panels on the following themes: "Gender in
the Medieval and Early Modern World"; "Technologies of
Power”; "Unexpected Radicalism"; "U.S. Foreign Policy";
"Religion and Politics"; "Challenges in Modernity"; “Political
Legacy”; and “National Identity and Memory.” Participants
include students from colleges in the Hudson River Valley,
such as Siena College, SUNY Oneonta, and Hartwick
College, as well as students from more distant and/or
out-of-state schools, like Fordham University, SUNY
Plattsburgh, and Carleton College (Vermont). In addition,
3 Marist College history majors will be presenting papers.
The keynote speaker will be Marist History Department
alumnus Scott R. Harrison of the University of Illinois
Urbana-Champaign. The conference is supported by the School of Liberal Arts, the Department of History, and Marist's Mu
Zeta Chapter of the Phi Alpha Theta History Club. The regional representative of the national organization of Phi Alpha Theta,
Dr. Rasheed Hosein of the United States Military Academy, West Point, will be in attendance.
Marist's chapter of Phi Alpha Theta, Mu Zeta, has been in existence since the 1960s and is currently very active, existing as
both an honor society and a club. Guidelines for joining Marist's chapter of the honor society are stricter than the national
guidelines and to be inducted students must have taken at least four history courses. Mu Zeta chapter members have
been very active in previous regional conferences, with a number of Marist students receiving prizes for their presentations
in the past 7 years. Besides the honor society, the P.A.T. History Club is open to all student participation, regardless of
major or membership in the honor society.
The conference program is available here. Conference activities will take place in Fontaine Hall from roughly 8:30 am to
4:30 pm on April 25. The sessions are open to the public, but for all-day attendance there is a $10.00 registration fee.
For more information please contact Dr. Janine Peterson (Janine.Peterson@marist.edu) or Dr. Kristin Bayer (Kristin.Bayer@marist.edu), the club and honor society’s co-advisors.